Day 0: Potrero Regional Park, California, USA

Day 0: Potrero Regional Park, California, USA

This morning we will rendezvous at the beautiful  Potrero Regional Park 45 miles east of  San Diego in California at an elevation of 2300′.  Today we will cross the border as a group into Tecate, Mexico and Baja Amigos will guide you through the Tourist Permit process.  On return to the campground, everyone will receive an orientation prior to your 45 day Mexican Baja Adventure.  Later Lisa & Dan will host a wine & cheese so everyone can get acquainted.

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DAY 1: Tecate & Ensenada, Mexico

DAY 1 & 2: Tecate & Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Today we are off to Ensenada.  We cross at Tecate driving briefly on Hwy 3 before turning on Hwy 2 Toll, then onto Corridor 2ooo before entering onto Hwy 1 Toll prior to entering Ensenada. This takes s westward along the Mexican/American border, then south along the eastern perimeter of Tijuana before turning onto the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Happy Campers Jumping For Joy!

DAY 3 & 4: El Pabellon-Lazaro Cardenas

Today we continue our southward journey that take us through the communities Santos Tomas, San Vicente, Colonet, Vicente Guerrero, San Quintin and Lazaro Cardenas . Our final destination will be a campground adjoining the beach south of Lazaro Cardenas.  This area of Baja is known for farming and miles and miles of sand dunes.  This campground can be a little cool and windy, but you are sure to enjoy the ocean air.

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Day 3: Catavina Boulder Fields

DAY 5: Catavina

Today we are off to Rancho Santa Inez in the community of Catavina.   This will take us through El Rosario where the highway ended prior to construction of Mex 1 in 1973.  This campground is located  in the heart of the Catavina Boulder Fields and its impressive and unique Sonoran Desert vegetation includes Cirios cactus.

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DAY 25 : Guerrero Negro

DAY 6: Guerrero Negro

Today’s drive will take us past the junction to Bahia de los Angeles, through Jesus Maria to Guerrero Negro.  This is our favourite  place to view California Grey Whales when in season, January thru march.  Even for non-boaters it is an experience of a lifetime and well worth any anxieties you may have (spoken by a non-boater).

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Day 5: San Ignacio Mission

DAY 7: San Ignacio

Today is a shorter drive taking us into the middle of the desert through Vizcaino before arriving into the a beautiful date palm oasis of San Ignacio. San Ignacio has a population of about 4000 and is home to the magnificent Mission of San Ignacio. The site for the original mission was founded in the Cochimi settlement of Kadakaaman in 1728 by Jesuit missionary Juan Bautista Luyando.

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Day 6 & 7: Sunrise on Bahia Concepcion

DAY 8-10: Bahia Concepcion

Another short drive to Bahia Concepcion, a very popular RV destination for many Snowbirds with twelve (12) beach campgrounds.  Bahia Concepcion (23 miles long) is the largest bay in Baja and is located a short drive south of Mulege.

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Day 8 & 9: Shopping in Loreto

DAY 11-13: Loreto

Our short drive today takes us to the town of Loerto.  Loreto is the birthplace of California, as it was the first permanent settlement anywhere in the Californians, including the U.S. state to the north.  Loreto was the capital of both California’s’ for 132 years and was a sleepy village where summer’s heat made for a laid-back pace for locals and visitors.

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Day 10: Campestra Maranatha

Day 14 & 15: El Centenario

Today will be a longer driving day as we are now headed inland thru the farming belt of Baja that includes Ciudad Insurgentes and Constitucion on our way Campestre Maranatha located in El Centenario. On arrival you will be able to check your Wi-Fi, perhaps go for a dip or have a coffee and sticky bun at the Café Equisto located in the RV Park.

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Day 11-13: Playa El Tecolote

DAY 16-18: Tecolote

We will leave early this morning and drive to Playa El Tecolote where we will spend some serious beach time.  Our journey will take us through La Paz where we will grocery up for our boon docking (dry camping).

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Rancho Verde

DAY 19: Rancho Verde

Our short trip today will bring us to the beautiful Rancho Verde RV Haven located on a 3100 Acre Ranch in the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains.  We will pass through the towns of both Los Barriles on the ocean and San Bartolo in the mountains.  In Rancho Verde you can enjoy hot sunny days and cool nights with gorgeous vistas and sunsets.  There are miles of trails for hiking on and around the ranch and next door you can rent horses.  The bird watching here is fantastic!

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Baja Sunrise RV Park is seaside

DAY 20-23: Los Barriles

Today is a short drive as we continue on Hwy 1 our drive and return to the Sea of Cortez and Los Barriles and the Baja Sunrise RV Park.  Spanish for “The Barrels,” Los Barriles was given this name by early Spanish explorers and later a common stop for sailors from all countries to refill their drinking reserves from spring water, a valuable commodity on Baja.

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Blanket Factory Stop

Day 24: Pescadero

(168 km/104 miles)

Today we complete the drive around the East Cape and begin our journey northward along the Pacific Ocean on the western side of the Cape traveling along Hwy 19 to Pescadero. This allows us to stop at the Blanket Factory and later treat you to dinner at La Pasadita, one of our favourite Baja eateries.  The next day the Caravan heads into Todos Santos (all saints) where you will have an opportunity to visit the famed “Hotel California” and this very popular town designated as a “Pueblo Magico”.

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Whale Shark Gals

DAY 25 & 26: La Paz

Today we have a short jaunt along the completed and divided 4 lane freeway and we’ve now completed the southern loop having returned to La Paz which is (Spanish for “The Peace”)  and the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

 

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Sunrise at Puerto Escondido is simply stunning!

DAY 27: Puerto Escondido

We have a longer drive today but well worth it!  we will dry camp in a National Park on the Sea of Cortez at Puerto Escondido , what could be more enjoyable?  We will have access to WiFi, laundry & showers and a mini-super.  We have an optional dinner planned at Porto Bello tonight, our friend Pedro Lopez has an excellent restaurant

 

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Day 36-38: Mulege

DAY 31-32: Mulege

Today we have a very short drive to Mulege, yet another date palm oasis.  The name Mulege is derived from the Cochimi language meaning “Large ravine of the white mouth.”  In 1705 a mission was established which they christened Santa Rosalia de Mulege.  The beautiful stone building that replaced the original still stands overlooking the river.

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Day-38-Guerrero-Negro

Day 33: Guerrero Negro

Today well return to Guerrero Negro and a different campground which includes a unique restaurant and good WiFi, also a good place to collect shells! Due north from Guerrero Negro is Malarrimo Beach, famous for it’s spectacular beachcombing.

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Day 24-25: Bahia de los Angeles

DAY 34 & 35: Bahia De Los Angeles

Today we will spend most of the day driving as we retrace our steps northward, our day includes a lunch stop in Jesus Maria. Our final leg is from the junction on Mex 1 where we will take a paved road 68 km down to the Sea of Cortez and the sleepy fishing village of Bahía de los Ángeles (“Bay of Angels”).  We will spend 2 full days in one of the most scenic spots in Baja California.  This will be dry camping as we will be staying in the abandoned Brisa Marina RV Park.

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Rancho Santa Inez in Catavino

Day 36: Catavina

Today we return to Rancho Santa Inez in the community of Catavina as we continue to retrace our steps northward.  After lunch we will make a short hosted on-tour excursion to cave paintings that are over 7,000 years old.

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Posada Don Diego RV Park

Day 37: Vicente Guerrero

Northward we must go! Today we drive will take us to the Posada Don Diego RV Park in Colonia Vicente Guerrero, a bustling agricultural town straddling the Transpeninsular highway. Here Baja Amigos will host your final Mexican dinner at the Baja Fiesta Restaurant who have good Wi-Fi and excellent food. Tomorrow is the final full day of your Mexican adventure.

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Valle de Guadalupe RV Park

DAY 38: Valley of Guadalupe

This is the final leg of our journey and we will take a different route back to Tecate.  After leaving Ensenada we will head northeast on Hwy Mex 3 where an extensive re-pavement project has been underway since the Spring of 2010.

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On the Road in Baja

Wonderful pictures of some of the places you will visit on your Baja Amigos RV Caravan.

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A Taste of Baja

This video provides a taste of what you can see on a Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tour. The video is set to the music of ABBA, Estoy Soñando.

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Driving Baja

This slide show provides a glimpse of the stunning beauty and vistas you will experience while driving on the Baja. This video is set to the music of Jesse Cook, the song is Vamos.

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Baja Sea Lions

Kayaking near La Paz in Baja Sur, Sea of Cortez we encountered playful Sea Lions.  We were camping on the beach at Pichilingue.

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Gallery

Catavina boulder fields Ensenada San Ignacio Cabo Pulmo - a room with a view La Ventana Cabo-San-Lucas-Plate Peddlar Dollar-Store-on-Wheels Loreto-Market - Meat Department Manequins for Sale in Loreto